National Security & Defense

The Ten Most Outrageous Reactions to Castro’s Death

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau (Photo: Rolex dela Pena/Pool/Reuters)
Why are so many so eager to whitewash a dictator's true legacy?

On Friday, Fidel Castro, the former Communist dictator of Cuba, passed away at the age of 90. The Castro regime exiled 1 million Cubans; it killed tens of thousands. Yet, as many public figures penned their thoughts on Castro’s death, they opted to overlook his inhumane, tyrannical actions and highlight the positives.

Here’s a list of the ten most outrageous reactions to Castro’s death.

Jimmy Carter, former president of the United States

Jeremy Corbyn, Labour party leader in the United Kingdom

Michael Higgins, president of Ireland

“Fidel Castro will be remembered as a giant among global leaders whose view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all of the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet,” Higgins said.

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., American civil rights leader

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission

“Castro was one of the historic figures of the past century,” Juncker said. “The world has lost a man who was a hero for many.”

Ban Ki-moon, secretary-general of the United Nations

Ki-moon went on to praise Castro for overseeing “advances in the field of education literacy and health” and being “a strong voice for social justice in global discussions at the UN General Assembly.”

Enrique Peña Nieto, president of Mexico

“I regret the death of Fidel Castro Ruz, leader of the Cuban revolution and emblematic symbol of the twentieth century,” Nieto said.

Barack Obama, president of the United States

Jill Stein, Green party presidential candidate

Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada

Austin Yack — Austin Yack is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute and a University of California, Santa Barbara alumnus.

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